Hillary Clinton flat out didn’t answer some of the questions posed to her at the final presidential debate Wednesday.
On issues from immigration to substantial allegations about the Clinton Foundation, to her view of the Constitution Clinton chose instead to pivot and deflect rather than answer the question. Here are three of those occasions.
1. She answered a question about her view on how the Constitution should be interpreted without even mentioning the founding document.
“What’s your view on how the Constitution should be interpreted?” debate moderator Chris Wallace asked in the opening question. “Do the founders’ words mean what they say or is it a living document to be applied flexibly according to changing circumstances?”
Clinton dodged the question. “I have major disagreements with my opponent about these issues and others that will be before the Supreme Court,” she said. “But I feel that at this point in our country’s history, it is important that we not reverse marriage equality, that we not reverse Roe v. Wade, that we stand up against Citizens United, we stand up for the rights of people in the workplace, that we stand up and basically say: The Supreme Court should represent all of us.”
2. Asked to defend allegations of “pay-to-play” arrangements between Clinton Foundation donors and the State Department while she served as Secretary of State, Clinton completely dodged the question.
“I’m thrilled to talk about the Clinton Foundation because it is a world renowned charity and I am so proud of the work that it does,” she said, after stating everything she did at State was in the country’s interests. “You know I could talk for the rest of the debate,” she continued, before launching into a spiel about the Clinton Foundation’s charitable work.
3. When Wallace confronted Clinton about leaked comments that she wants “open borders,” she again dodged the question entirely.
“Is that your dream, open borders?” Wallace asked?
“Well, if you went on to read the rest of the sentence, I was talking about energy,” Clinton replied. “You know, we trade more energy with our neighbors than we trade with the rest of the world combined. And I do want us to have an electric grid, an energy system that crosses borders. I think that would be a great benefit to us.”
She then launched into an attack on the Wikileaks coverage that led to the leak, by bringing up accusations that Russia is behind the hack and is using it to try to manipulate the election.
Trump called Clinton out on this particular dodge. “That was a great pivot off the fact that she wants open borders, OK? How did we get on to Putin?”
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